Two Marion County Jail staffers positive for COVID-19
Two staff members at Marion County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19.
Marion County Sheriff's Office learned of the positive results on March 30. Then Sheriff Joe Kast informed local law enforcement agencies in Marion County of the results on March 31 and courts on April 1. The office made the announcement publicly on April 2 in a press release.
They said MCSO is working closely with Marion County Health and Human Services as they conduct their case investigation, according to the release.
The sheriff's office did not share any details about the affected employees, noting they have a duty to protect private health information.
In order to keep COVID-19 from spreading in the jail, MCSO said they are encouraging local law enforcement to cite and release offenders and to only lodge adults in the jail for offenses that pose a significant risk to the community.
Furthermore, the jail has implemented several other new protocols. They have acquired personal protective equipment for all staff, increased cleaning protocols and enhanced medical screening prior to adults being brought into the facility.
They plan to transition adults in custody to individual cells within the next few days, the release said.
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